Japan ups annual tourist target to 30 million as visitor numbers surge

posted on November 8, 2015

The government will raise its annual target for the number of foreign visitors to Japan to 30 million, as the current target of 20 million by 2020 is likely to be attained soon, government officials said Friday.

A new panel will also be launched — and hold its first meeting Monday — to compile a set of measures by year-end to achieve the new goal, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.

About 19.5 million foreign tourists are expected to visit Japan this year, Suga said in a speech last month, as a tally by the Japan National Tourism Organization showed the number topped 15 million as of Oct. 9, growing steadily from a record 13.41 million in 2014.

The panel will consider such measures as encouraging low-cost carriers to increase use of local airports across Japan and expediting immigration checks, government officials said.

source by japantimes
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